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Chelsea Could Bring This Juventus Striker Aboard In January: Should Potter Make A Move?

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In a recent report from Football.London, it was mentioned that Chelsea have been handed a significant boost in their interest in signing Dusan Vlahovic from Juventus. It is understood that the Serbian striker has only joined the Old Lady this year but his future remains up in the air. Even though his contract lasts until 2026, he could be persuaded into leaving Allianz Arena in January after Juventus’ entire board resigned earlier this month.

Vlahovic’s Recent Run Of Form For Juventus

Vlahovic has had a brilliant start to his campaign as he has put in some impressive displays in the attacking third of the field before suffering from an injury in recent days. The Italian giants have only continued to disappoint in the league table despite the Serbian striker performing at his best and banging in seven goals and creating two assists over eight appearances across all fronts.

The Belgrade-born sensation has been reliable in front of the goal and has performed consistently in the final third after averaging 3.1 shots, 1.1 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in Serie A. However, he would have to improve on his ball distribution as he has only completed 71.3% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge

Should Potter Bring Him To Chelsea?

Vlahovic remains an attacking threat in the final third; as he excels at finishing inside the opponent’s penalty box. He can position himself in the right places acting as a target man in the offence to convert the chances created for him by his teammates. Furthermore, he remains an indirect set-piece threat standing at 1.9 meters tall which allows him to dominate his opponents in the air.

At 22, he has proven to have great potential and has enough room to polish his game. However, the Serbia international will have to improve his link-up play if he wishes to become one of the best strikers in Europe.

Graham Potter has been wise to identify him as a potential target as he could certainly bring more competition in the number nine position and also add more firepower to the Blues’ attacking department. Potter could convince him to join Chelsea if they offer a decent wage increment and promise him enough play time at Stamford Bridge as Juventus will look to bring in further reinforcements to bounce back from a dismal start to this season.

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